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Wine Enthusiast reviews for September 2015

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for September 2015. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

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:Nota Bene 2011 Miscela Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points 
Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) takes the lead on this Bordeaux-style blend, followed by Cabernet Franc (16%), Merlot (12%) and Malbec. Aromas of anise, dried herbs, dried cherries and tomato leaf are followed by lighter-styled medicinal flavors that linger.

:Nota Bene 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec Yakima Valley $30 87 points 
This wine displays generous aromas of white pepper, woodspice, raspberry and cherry. The flavors are elegant with a peppery finish.

:Nota Bene 2011 Ciel du Cheval Red Blend Red Mountain $40 86 points 
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this offers aromas of raisinated cherries, herbs, bittersweet chocolate and a whiff of barnyard. Medicinal flavors are backed by chalky tannins.

:Nota Bene 2011 Dineen Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 86 points 
This wine is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc. It shows aromas of green herbs, raisinated red fruit and raspberry. The cherry cola flavors are lighter in style, with a firm squeeze of tannins.

14 Hands 2012 Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 90 points 
Comprised of 62% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah, this wine brings aromas of coffee, herbs and dark fruit. The fruit and barrel flavors are candy-bar sweet but still retain a sense of deftness. Best Buy

14 Hands 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $12 87 points 
Lightly sweet blue fruit aromas and flavors mix with coffee, mocha, toast and herbs. It doesn’t seem entirely like Cabernet but it’s hard to ignore its appeal. Best Buy

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Barrel Select Reserve Merlot Washington $21 89 points 
Aromas of sweet barrel spices, dried flowers, herbs and dark fruit lead to tart cherry flavors and a cranberry-filled finish.

Abeja 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 93 points 
This wine is pulled from vineyards across the Columbia Valley, including Heather Hill, Bacchus, Dionysus, Ciel du Cheval and Destiny Ridge. A nuanced wine, it shows winemaker John Abbott in top form with its rich, layered fruit flavors, dazzling sense of texture and lengthy finish. It’s drinking beautifully but promises to have a long life in front of it in the cellar. Editor’s Choice

Abeja 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $40 92 points 
Cocoa, dark chocolate, raspberry and barrel spice aromas intoxicate the senses. The flavors are sweet and concentrated with a hedonistic styling.

Abeja 2013 Chardonnay Washington $36 91 points 
A blend of top sites Celilo and Conner Lee, this appealing wine displays aromas of candy corn, corn silk and chamomile. The stone-fruit flavors are elegantly styled, showing a sense of restraint and balance that carries through the lingering finish. Editor’s Choice

Abeja 2014 Estate Grown Viognier Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points 
Walla Walla Valley-designated whites are a rarity. Here aromas of vanilla, toast, honeysuckle and peach show nuance and detail and lead to sweet, light bodied, lightly spritzy stone-fruit flavors with a long finish that commands attention.

Abeja 2011 Heather Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $55 89 points 
All varietal, this offers aromas of coffee, cherry, chocolate, oak spices and green herbs that show a touch of underripeness. The palate displays elegance, restraint and polish along with a tart finish.

Acre Twenty-one 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 86 points 
The plum and blue fruit aromas and flavors don’t seem entirely varietal but this still offers plenty of appeal. It’s lightly sweet with a squeeze of tannins.

Acre Twenty-one 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 84 points 
It would seem like other varieties must be in the mix on this perfumed wine with its notes of apricot, grapefruit and flowers. The flavors are lighter in style with a fresh feel.

Adamant Cellars 2012 Winemaker’s Select Merlot Walla Walla Valley $42 88 points 
All varietal coming from Dwelley and Minnick Hills vineyards, this wine leads with aromas of black licorice, dates and green herbs. There’s plenty of richness to the flavors, which are backed by a squeeze of grainy tannins.

Alder Ridge 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $30 91 points 
Aromas of dried herb, cherry cola and barrel spice are out in front on this 100% varietal wine. The cherry and blackberry flavors are sweet and plump, showing concentration and depth along with dry, grippy tannins.

Alleromb 2012 La Gran Flor Scarline Vineyard Red Blend Columbia Valley $80 94 points 
This wine is an unusual blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of tar, fresh dark plum, flowers and herbs lead to flavorful blue fruit and cherry notes. A sense of purity, texture and balance captures the attention. Give it plenty of time to open up.

Alleromb 2012 Cuvée B Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 93 points 
Holding 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this wine leads with inviting aromas of blackberries, dark cherries and tar, showing a fresh, fruit-forward profile. The dense fruit flavors deliver on all of this promise with layers of complexity, spot-on balance and good length.

Alleromb 2012 La Reyna Blanca Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $48 91 points 
Pleasing aromas of toast, nut oil and citrus are followed by textured, well-balanced stone-fruit flavors and a long, drawn-out finish. This is a thoroughly delicious, nuanced wine that keeps you coming back for more.

Alleromb 2011 Vineyard Collection Scarline Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $60 91 points 
The aromas of fresh herbs, tobacco and barrel spice seem quite locked-up at present on this dark purple-colored wine. The full-bodied dark fruit flavors and lightly chewy tannins show a mix of grace and power.

Alleromb 2011 Red Blend Columbia Valley $72 91 points 
Two-thirds Grenache and one-third Syrah, this wine has intriguing aromas of white pepper, earthy funk, garrigue and berry. It’s full bodied with the oak (33% new French) dialed back, putting the focus on the rich red and black fruit flavors.

Alleromb 2012 Cuvée R Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 91 points 
This wine is 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. Jammy aromas of red and blue fruit are followed by a plush, flavorful palate that shows a pleasing sense of balance and length with a raspberry-filled finish.

Alleromb 2012 La Reyna Blanca Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $42 91 points 
Made in a full-bodied style, this wine possesses aromas and flavors of nut oil, lemongrass, citrus and herbs, with a rich texture and a finish that lingers.

Alleromb 2011 Scarline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $90 89 points 
High-toned aromas of dried herbs, cocoa, licorice, woodspice and blackberry lead to full-bodied yet elegantly styled black fruit flavors, with the tannins showing some grit.

Alleromb 2011 Scarline Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $90 88 points 
A brooding wine, this shows aromas of high-toned dark raspberries, woodspices, mineral and bay leaf, with the alcohol poking through. The red plum flavors are full bodied and rich, with grainy tannins backing them up.

Amavi 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $32 90 points 
A blend of fruit from Les Collines, Octave, Seven Hills, Summit View, Pepper Bridge and Goff vineyards, this wine leads with aromas of dried herbs, violets, woodspice, coffee, plum and bittersweet chocolate. The cherry flavors combine richness and elegance, with grainy tannins and oak providing the frame.

Amavi 2013 Semillon Walla Walla Valley $23 89 points 
Coming from Les Collines (54%), Seven Hills (22%) and Goff vineyards, this wine saw only neutral French oak. Generous aromas of fig, freshly spun cotton and spice lead to lightly styled but rich tropical flavors that linger.

Amavi 2012 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $32 89 points 
This appealing wine provides aromas of blueberries, mulberry, herbs and cream. Flavors show concentration and intensity, with a touch of bitterness that runs throughout and provides some distraction.

Ancestry 2013 Reminiscence Riesling Columbia Gorge $18 89 points 
This wine is all from Underwood Mountain and shows perfumed aromas of grape skins, pear and apricot. It drinks medium sweet with abundant stone-fruit flavors.

Angel Vine 2012 The Hellion Red Blend Columbia Valley $24 90 points 
This blend of Primitivo (43%), Petite Sirah (28%) and Zinfandel offers aromas of blackberry jam, plum, dried fruit and baking spices. It’s full bodied and palate coating with high-octane fruit flavors that linger.

Angel Vine 2012 Zinfandel Columbia Valley $20 88 points 
There’s no question of the variety of this wine with its notes of raspberry jam, plum and herbs. It’s full bodied with a mixture of fruit and spice flavors, running hot on the finish.

Angel Vine 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Zinfandel Walla Walla Valley $24 87 points 
Aromas of tire rubber mix with herbs, red fruit, plum and allspice. Candied red fruit flavors are plump in feel, trailing on the finish.

Auclair 2014 Artz Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Red Mountain $19 88 points 
After starting out reductive, this wine opens to reveal light aromas of fig and tropical fruit, seeming a bit muddled. The flavors, however, come through clearly, providing a textured feel.

Barnard Griffin 2013 Albariño Columbia Valley $18 87 points 
Bright aromas of tangerine, cantaloupe and pear lead to just off-dry notes of tropical fruit and spritzy soda-water flavors. It goes down easy.

Barnard Griffin 2014 Fumé Blanc Dry Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $9 86 points 
A mix of Sauvignon Blanc (77%) and Sémillon, this wine comes from three separate vineyards in the Columbia Valley. It shows plenty of Sauvignon’s herbal character while also displaying the ripeness of the vintage, with lightly spritzy tropical fruit and fig flavors that possess a fleshy feel. Best Buy

Barnard Griffin NV Blend 31 Cabernet Merlot Columbia Valley $14 84 points 
Herb, medicine cabinet, leather and dried cherry aromas precede an unusual mixture of sweet and tangy flavors. It all creates a somewhat uneasy mix in the glass.

Barnard Griffin 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Gorge $17 84 points 
Despite its youth, this wine seems dried-out with aromas and flavors of medicine cabinet, leather and raisinated black and blue fruit. Drink now.

Barons 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 88 points 
Oak takes the lead on this wine. Aromas of dill, black licorice and woodspice are followed by baking spices and dried dark fruit. It’s dry and chalky in feel with dark fruit flavors.

Betz Family 2012 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $72 95 points 
This arresting wine delivers aromas of fresh-ground coffee, sweet spices, licorice, dark fruit, pencil box, bay leaf, black currant and smoke, showing so much nuance you want to just keep on sniffing. The palate brings inky, dense, seamless dark fruit flavors and beautifully integrated tannins. It’s completely irresistible now—a flat out stunner—but promises to have a long life in the cellar. Editor’s Choice

Betz Family 2012 Clos de Betz Red Blend Columbia Valley $57 94 points 
Just over two-thirds Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and a pinch of Petit Verdot, this thoroughly delicious wine opens with a complex assortment of aromas, including incense, toast, crushed flowers, spice, bay leaf, licorice and red and black fruit. The palate is deft but brings waves of layered fruit flavors that show great density and richness. It’s hedonistic but doesn’t sacrifice one iota of balance. It drinks best at 62 degrees. Editor’s Choice

Boomtown 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $19 87 points 
The plush-feeling plum and blue fruit flavors provide much of the appeal on this pleasant, easy-drinking wine. Aromas of tar and berry provide accents.

Boudreaux Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $60 88 points 
This blend is largely from Bacchus, Seven Hills and Wallula vineyards. It offers aromas of fresh herbs, thyme, dry chocolate, cherry and medicine cabinet. The flavors are quite sweet, with dry, chalky tannins backing them up.

Boudreaux Cellars 2009 Merlot Washington $50 88 points 
Medicine cabinet, licorice, leather and dried and fresh red and black fruit aromas lead to rich, concentrated flavors. The variety seems subsumed by the style but it’s still pretty delicious.

Boudreaux Cellars 2011 Wallula Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $60 87 points 
This unusual wine offers aromas of nori, dried flowers, bittersweet chocolate and cherry cola. It’s full flavored with a lightly tacky feel.

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Malbec Columbia Valley $35 91 points 
This 100% varietal wine blends fruit from Summit View and Canyon Vineyard Ranch vineyards. Aromas of plum, fresh herb and woodspice are followed by plump blue and black fruit flavors and a tart lick of acid.

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $35 90 points 
This blends fruit from Force Majeure, Blackrock and Alder Ridge vineyards. Aromas of crushed rock, dried leaves, cherry and barrel spices lead to sweet cherry and chocolate flavors. The oak (58% new French) plays a big part but it works.

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $35 89 points 
This 100% varietal wine comes from Mirage, Klipsun, Seven Hills and Force Majeure vineyards. The oak (50% new French) takes the lead with aromas of vanilla, coffee and cinnamon in front of plum and berry. Flavors are reserved, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel that continues through the finish.

Browne Family Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 88 points 
A new wine for this winery, this is all varietal and aged in neutral French oak. Notes of pineapple and papaya are followed by full-bodied, rounded, sweet tropical flavors that linger.

Bunchgrass 2012 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $35 92 points 
All varietal coming from Seven Hills Vineyard, this displays aromas of café au lait, black raspberries and dried herbs. The fruit and barrel flavors are palate coating, displaying exceptional polish and texture.

Bunchgrass 2012 The Bard Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $30 92 points 
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Malbec, this lightly colored wine offers aromas of wild strawberries, coffee, tobacco and incense, showing pleasing purity and nuance. It’s light yet palate coating, possessing a mesmerizing texture along with an assortment of fruit and savory flavors.

Bunchgrass 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $45 91 points 
This wine is all varietal from up-and-coming Phinny Hill Vineyard. Aromas of earth, herbs, dark cherry and bittersweet chocolate lead to supple, elegant, focused cherry and herb flavors that are framed by lively acidity. Put it on the dinner table to see it shine.

Bunchgrass 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $45 90 points 
This 100% varietal wine displays aromas of coffee, pipe tobacco and spice. The dark fruit and espresso flavors show a mixture of elegance and richness, with a textured mouthfeel providing appeal. It’s a high-quality example from this cool vintage.

Bunchgrass 2012 Malbec Walla Walla Valley $35 89 points 
Varietal bottles of Malbec are an extreme rarity in this appellation. This one, which hails from Frazier Bluff Vineyard, offers light aromas of dried herbs, plum, pepper and tobacco. The blue fruit flavors are sweet and lithe, with the texture upping the enjoyment.

Bunchgrass 2011 Founder’s Blend Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $30 88 points 
This wine is 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Light aromas of herbs, tobacco, flowers and cherries lead to sweet, elegantly styled fruit flavors. It’s a well-made wine from a challenging vintage.

Bunchgrass 2011 Triolet Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $30 88 points 
Comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine shows aromas of herbs, pencil lead, flowers and cherry, with light meaty notes. There’s a elegance to the plum and cherry flavors along with a supple feel.

Bunchgrass 2013 Sémillon Walla Walla Valley $26 88 points 
This is a 100% varietal wine coming from Birch Creek Vineyard. The barrel fermentation shows with aromas of butterscotch melding with fig, lees and beeswax. The stone and tropical fruit flavors are plenty rich and stick around on the finish.

Buried Cane 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $14 85 points 
Aromatic for Cabernet, this wine possesses notes of black currant, green pepper, blackberry and herbs. It drinks slightly off dry, offering lighter flavors with a tangy feel and chalky tannins.

Cana's Feast 2012 Mountain Cuvée Red Blend Columbia Valley $55 92 points 
Though not labeled as such, this is truly a Red Mountain wine with all of the fruit coming from Ciel du Cheval and Taptiel vineyards. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it shows a mixture of fruit and barrel. Flavors of herbs, plum, oak spices and black currant offer impressive density and finish with a tart lick of acidity.

Cana's Feast 2012 Joie de Vivre Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 88 points 
Syrah (55%) along with a dollop of seldom-seen Counoise (28%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the rest Grenache and Mourvèdre. It’s aromatically quite reserved, with notes of blue fruit, dried herb and baking spice. The palate is full with concentrated plum and berry flavors, finishing a bit short.

Cana's Feast 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Sangiovese Grosso Columbia Valley $45 87 points 
Coming from one of the state’s most esteemed vineyards, this wine offers aromas of assorted dried herbs, tobacco and glue. The cherry, herb and plum flavors have good depth, with the tannins providing some heft.

Cana's Feast 2013 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo Columbia Valley $30 86 points 
This wine doesn’t seem to have fully ripened, with green, reedy aromas along with notes of cranberry and cherry Jolly Rancher. The full-bodied palate delivers more but seems disconnected with tart, tangy cranberry flavors.

Cana's Feast 2012 Sangiovese Columbia Valley $30 85 points 
Dried herb, tobacco, plum and woodspice aromas are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors that have a lick of dry tannins behind them. There’s plenty of interest but this wine needs food to combat the tannins.

Cavatappi 2012 San Pietro Tuscan Style Red Blend Columbia Valley $23 91 points 
A blend of Sangiovese (38%), Merlot (31%) and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine displays each in turn with aromas and flavors of dried herbs, coffee, tobacco and cherry. The style is reserved, with plenty of fruit and acid but subtle oak—perfect for the dinner table. Editor’s Choice

Cavatappi 2008 Maddelena Nebbiolo Columbia Valley $26 87 points 
This wine offers aromas of leather, maraschino cherries, rose petal and medicine cabinet. It shows a bit of its age but still has time, with grainy tannins and soy flavors propping it up.

Cayuse 2012 God Only Knows Grenache Walla Walla Valley $90 96 points 
It takes some time to open up but when it does, this wine reveals perfumed aromas of potpourri, green olive, savory spices, peat, pepper and mineral. The palate is equal parts light and dense with almost chewy, savory flavors that won’t quit.

Cayuse 2012 Bionic Frog Syrah Walla Walla Valley $95 96 points 
Aromas of dried herbs, green olive, grilled asparagus and smoke lead to intensely concentrated savory flavors with a flat-out dazzling mouthfeel. It’s a knockout that overloads the senses.

Cayuse 2012 En Chamberlain Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $75 95 points 
Aromatically this wine is not yet entirely ready to reveal its charms, with reserved notes of mineral, smoked meat, olive brine, fire pit, peat and crushed flowers. The generous earth and savory flavors feel rich and full, leading to a lengthy finish.

Cayuse 2012 Armada Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $90 95 points 
This wine displays a broader fruit profile than The Rocks is often known for, with aromas of plum leading to crushed rock, cracked pepper, olive, herbs and smoked meat. The texture is captivating, both elegant in its styling yet rich, commanding attention with floral notes on the finish.

Cayuse 2012 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $80 94 points 
Aromas of green olive, grilled asparagus, moist peat, mineral and coffee meld with earthy funk. The smoke and savory flavors are lithe yet concentrated, lingering on the finish.

Cayuse 2012 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $80 94 points 
Light in color, this über aromatic wine conveys flowers, black and green olive, mineral, peat and smoke. The palate is all about elegance of expression and texture, with smoked meat and coffee flavors that linger.

Cayuse 2012 Camespelo Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $75 93 points 
There’s no other area this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) and Merlot could come from than The Rocks. Wafting aromas of earth, mineral, green leaves and funk accent the variety’s dried herb. It’s soft in feel with elegant tannins and abundant savory flavors, simultaneously distinctive and delicious.

Cayuse 2012 Flying Pig Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $90 92 points 
Merlot (48%) blends with Cabernet Franc (40%) and Cabernet Sauvigon on this earth-laden wine. Aromas of funk, earth, peat, savory herbs and dark flowers lead to soft, sweet, smoky flavors. The texture and richness keep the interest high.

Cayuse 2012 Widowmaker En Chamberlain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $90 91 points 
Brooding aromas of fresh and dried herbs mix with freshly tilled soil, tomato leaf, coffee, mineral and spice box. It’s restrained in style with supple smoke, herb and cherry flavors backed by soft tannins.

Cayuse 2012 The Lovers Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah Walla Walla Valley $90 91 points 
This wine rises up from the glass with an earthy funk, dried herbs, black pepper, cherry, smoke and mineral, showing complexities and detail. The palate is restrained yet rich, with savory flavors that linger.

Cayuse 2013 Edith Grenache Armada Vineyard Rosé Walla Walla Valley $45 90 points 
Pale copper colored, this wine is more focused on mineral than fruit expression, with aromas of wet stone out in front of citrus rind. The medium-bodied flavors dance lightly on the palate but still show concentration, texture and balance.

Cayuse 2013 Cailloux Vineyard Viognier Walla Walla Valley $70 90 points 
Light aromas of wet stone, smoke, stone fruit and white flowers lead to ethereally light yet sweet and flavorful peach notes. It’s a very pretty and compelling expression of the variety.

Charles & Charles 2014 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 86 points 
A blend of six different varieties with Syrah (72%) in the lead, this pale cherry-color wine pops with aromas of bubble gum, wild strawberry and orange peel. The concentration is a bit light with the tart finish that pulls it together.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley $40 91 points 
At 160g/L residual sugar, this late-harvest wine brings plenty of sweetness with its lightly spritzy marmalade, orange peel and pear aromas and flavors, yet it still retains an appealing sense of lightness and balance as well. The length is impressive.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $11 86 points 
This aromatically appealing wine boasts aromas of melon, pear and spice. It drinks dry and is lightly spritzy, with a sleek feel and a tart finish that shows pleasing freshness. Try it with shellfish. Best Buy

Chester Kidder 2011 Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 92 points 
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah and 7% Petit Verdot, this wine saw 30 months in barrel. Aromas of blackberry, licorice, herb, dark coffee and earth are primary and lead to full-bodied flavors that persist on the finish.

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Coyote Canyon Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $35 92 points 
Smelling like a fresh bowl of fruit, this blend of co-fermented Syrah (73%), Grenache (20%) and Viognier provides pure aromas of blueberries, raspberries, smoked meat, fresh flowers and orange peel. The oak (30% new French) is dialed back, letting the fresh, light and appealing texture and sweet fruit flavors shine.

Columbia Crest 2012 Grand Estates Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 88 points 
This wine is 57% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Viognier, 6% Merlot and 3% other varieties. The Viognier gives the aromas and deftly styled flavors, with notes of orange peel and flowers. The Syrah lends blueberries and gaminess, with herb and chocolate notes coming from Cabernet. Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points 
Freshness and elegance are at the fore on this appealing wine, with aromas and spritzy flavors of pear, spice, stone fruit and melted butter. Pair it with broiled fish.

Columbia Winery 2013 Limited Release Chardonnay Yakima Valley $25 88 points 
Barrel fermented and aged in French oak (16% new), this wine has a creamy, textured feel that plays well with its aromas of melted butter, pear and spice. Pair it with seafood risotto.

Columbia Winery 2012 Limited Release Element Red Blend Wahluke Slope $36 88 points 
Merlot dominant with a balance of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows aromas of vanilla, coconut and jammy red and black fruit, with the alcohol poking through. The fruit flavors feel supple, backed by gritty tannins.

Cor Cellars 2012 Hogback Ridge Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $28 90 points 
Seeing no new oak, the fruit is front and center. The flavors of pepper, dark fruit and herbs are pure, concentrated and soft in feel with a tart uptick on the finish.

Cor Cellars 2014 ALBA Gewüztraminer-Pinot Gris White Blend Columbia Gorge $18 88 points 
With the two varieties co-fermented in concrete, this has no oak to interfere with its aromas of spice, pear and honeysuckle. It drinks off dry, seeming a bit sweeter than recent vintages, but still bringing the acidity that this region is known for.

Cor Cellars 2014 Ro-Sae Rosé Horse Heaven Hills $16 85 points 
Cherry colored and lightly bricked, this wine offers aromas of herbs, orange peel, wet stone and cherry. It drinks dry with fleshy, boozy-seeming fruit flavors.

Corliss Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $85 94 points 
The 2010 vintage wines from Washington can be unforgiving on release but this wine—already a full five years old—is an exception. It shows a compelling assortment of jammy red and black fruit along with milk chocolate and barrel spices. The flavors convey both power and finesse with a spot-on sense of balance and a long finish that kicks it up a notch. It’s drinking beautifully now but has a long life in front of it. Best from 2020 to 2027. Cellar Selection

Corliss Estates 2010 Red Blend Columbia Valley $75 93 points 
This blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot saw 31 months in French oak and another two years in bottle prior to release. There’s plenty of detail to the concentrated coffee, cherry, graphite and blackberry aromas and flavors that reflect perfect balance. It’s drinking exquisitely now but has a long life in front of it. It will be best from 2020–2026. Cellar Selection

Corliss Estates 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley $65 91 points 
This wine smells like a bowl of fresh fruit. Aromas of huckleberries and raspberries mix with dried flowers, orange peel and milk chocolate. It’s rich and hedonistic in style, with a velvety texture and a finish that won’t quit.

Corvus 2011 Syrah-Petite Sirah Red Mountain $35 92 points 
Made with 57% Syrah and 43% Petit Sirah, this aromatic brooder offers aromas of cherry, dried herbs, baking spices and freshly tilled soil. The flavors are full bodied, rich, layered and tightly coiled, needing extended time in the cellar or a day-long decant to show their best. Drink after 2021.

Côte Bonneville 2009 Carriage House DuBrul Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $50 94 points 
An arresting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (27%) and Cabernet Franc, it displays purity with its herb, bay leaf, earth and cherry flavors. The exquisite balance is where this wine really shines, winning over on its elegance, detail and length rather than power. It shows first-class fruit and exceptional winemaking. Editor’s Choice

Côte Bonneville 2008 DuBrul Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $120 94 points 
Just about two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot, this delivers complex aromas of blackberry, raspberry, earth, licorice and barrel spice. There’s a mesmerizing sense of freshness, richness and concentration to the fruit and earth flavors along with a purity that commands attention. Just a baby now, it has decades in front of it. It will be best from 2020 to 2026. Cellar Selection

Côte Bonneville 2012 DuBrul Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $65 94 points 
Aromas of dark raspberries, blackberry seed, iron and earth are at the fore on this fruit-focused wine. It offers a dazzling sense of purity and richness along with exceptional balance and an endless finish that kicks it up a notch. The freshness is arresting. Editor’s Choice

Côte Bonneville 2012 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $50 93 points 
Barrel fermented and aged on lees for 17 months, this straw-colored wine offers nuanced aromas of spice, pear, pineapple and peach. It’s full bodied in feel but far from over the top with well-balanced fruit and barrel flavors and a lingering finish. Editor’s Choice

Damsel 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $38 89 points 
A blend of Shaw and Boushey vineyards, this 100% varietal wine displays aromas of bittersweet chocolate, savory herbs, an earthy funk, sawdust and woodspice. It’s supple in feel, with sweet cherry and chocolate flavors that linger.

DeLille 2012 Harrison Hill Red Blend Snipes Mountain $100 93 points 
Coming from some of the oldest vines in the state, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot is all about elegance of expression and nuance. Lighter in color, it offers aromas of raspberry, cherry, herb and graphite that lead to focused coffee, cranberry and earth flavors. The restraint and balance are pitch perfect. It will be best 2019–2026. Cellar Selection

DeLille 2012 Chaleur Estate Red Blend Red Mountain $85 92 points 
More than 75% of this wine comes from Ciel du Cheval vineyard, with the rest from Upchurch. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it’s reserved at present, with light aromas of woodspice, coffee, assorted dried herbs and mineral. The cherry and cassis flavors show a mixture of richness and restraint, persisting on the finish along with enough tannins to go the distance. It will be best 2022–2027. Cellar Selection

DeLille 2012 D2 Red Blend Columbia Valley $49 91 points 
This blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (42.2%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is somewhat lighter in color, with reserved aromas of woodspice, coffee, café au lait, cherry and herbs. The flavors are rich yet restrained in style, with firm tannins and a lingering finish. Best after 2020.

DeLille 2013 Chaleur Estate Bordeaux-style White Blend Columbia Valley $40 87 points 
This blend of Sauvignon Blanc (65%) and Sémillon comes from Sagemoor, Boushey and Klipsun vineyards. It starts out barrel-forward with aromas of char and toast followed by citrus oil, spice and herbs. The concentration of the tropical fruit flavors is light and elegant but shows pleasing nuances and a good sense of balance.

Den Hoed 2011 Marie’s View Wallula Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $80 88 points 
The volatiles are amped up on this wine along with aromas of fruit leather and cherry cough drops. It’s full bodied with firm, chewy tannins that need time to soften.

Double Canyon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $25 90 points 
This wine still appears to be in its shell, with aromas of plum, black fruit, spearmint and herb, along with a distinct green tinge that becomes more prominent over time. There’s plushness to the fruit and herb flavors while it retains well-balanced acidity.

Doubleback 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $99 93 points 
This is a compelling wine with aromas of coffee, dried herbs, cherry and barrel spices. It wins over on finesse rather than power but shows more than ample amounts of both. There's enough structure that it will benefit from some time in the cellar. It will be best from 2019–2027. Cellar Selection

Doyenne 2012 Grand Ciel Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $68 92 points 
This intriguing wine brings aromas of cumin, mineral, dry chocolate, barrel spice and dark fruit. It delivers a mouthful of seamless fruit flavors that coat the palate from end to end.

Dunham 2011 VXVII Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 92 points 
This 100% varietal wine from Lewis and Wallula vineyards beguiles with its aromas of vanilla bean, butterscotch, baking spice, cherry and cinnamon. Whereas many wines from this vintage put a focus on elegance, this one also displays power, with a pleasing mixture of fruit and barrel flavors that carry through the finish.

Dussek Family Cellars 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $20 86 points 
The oak is far out front, with this wine’s aromas of Mounds Bar and green wood followed by raisinated fruit. Dark chocolate and cherry flavors are lighter in style with the concentration a bit wanting.

Dusted Valley 2012 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 91 points 
No punches are pulled on this blend of Dionysus, Northridge, Red Heaven and Stone Tree vineyards. Light aromas of coffee, toffee and herbs lead to über rich, sweet, high-octane cherry flavors that are backed by grainy tannins.

Dusted Valley 2012 Malbec Columbia Valley $42 91 points 
Weinbau, Stone Tree and Dionysus vineyards make up the backbone of this wine. Aromas of dry chocolate, dark plum and sage lead to a densely flavored, hedonistic palate, with full-bodied plum and chocolate flavors that linger.

Dusted Valley 2013 Squirrel Tooth Alice Red Blend Wahluke Slope $39 91 points 
A blend of 37% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 5% Petit Sirah, this wine shows aromas of wild blueberries, garrigue and flowers, conveying purity. It’s full bodied, with ripe blue fruit flavors that lead to a warm finish.

Dusted Valley 2012 Stone Tree Petite Sirah Wahluke Slope $42 90 points 
A signature variety for this winery, this bottling includes 20% Syrah. It offers appealing aromas of jammy blue fruit, dried herbs and milk chocolate. It’s high octane ,with sweet barrel notes and chewy tannins.

Dusted Valley 2013 Chardonnay Yakima Valley $29 88 points 
Aromas of pear, melted butter and toasty spice lead to a lightly creamy, elegantly styled palate with lingering stone-fruit flavors. It seems faint but what’s there shows a fine sense of balance.

Dusty Cellars 2013 The Queen Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $26 90 points 
Quite light in color, this wine has aromas of green herbs, flowers and cherries. The palate is all about mouthfeel and texture, showing an almost ethereal lightness.

Feather 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 92 points 
This 100% varietal wine comes from Wallula, Dionysus and Stone Tree vineyards. It brings alluring aromas of red currant, cranberry, coffee and dried herbs. The palate is concentrated and layered, backed by chewy tannins. The textured feel adds to its appeal.

Finn Hill 2013 En Fleur Ice Wine Semillon Wahluke Slope $35 91 points 
This appealing offering comes in at a whopping 195g/L residual sugar. It displays light, nuanced aromas of flowers, orange peel and pineapple. The flavors are sugary sweet but well balanced and linger on the finish.

Force Majeure 2012 Collaboration Series III Syrah Red Mountain $60 93 points 
This irrepressible wine has aromas and flavors of coffee, mineral, barrel spice, chocolate and dark raspberries. There’s a lot of richness to the flavors but also an impeccable sense of balance, along with some grip to the tannins.

Force Majeure 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $80 92 points 
This winery’s young estate vineyard shows lots of promise. Aromas of dried herbs, bittersweet chocolate, mineral, licorice, raspberry and cherry lead to textured, rich cranberry flavors with a firm handshake of tannins and a tart, cranberry-filled finish. It needs time to all come together but has the stuffing to go the distance.

Force Majeure 2012 Collaboration Series VI Red Blend Red Mountain $50 92 points 
This blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 39% Syrah and 6% Grenache comes from Syncline winemaker James Mantone. It brings generous aromas of white pepper, herbs, mulberry jam and dried tobacco. The palate packs a hefty punch with über rich, dense fruit flavors that coat the palate from end to end, leading to a warm, tart finish.

Force Majeure 2012 Estate Syrah Red Mountain $65 92 points 
From this winery’s young estate vineyard, this displays aromas of crushed rock, plum, raspberries and herbs along with coffee accents. It’s rich and concentrated with layers of red and black fruit flavors. A firm squeeze of grainy tannins could use additional time to unwind. It will be best from 2020 to 2025.

Forgeron 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 90 points 
This lightly colored wine displays high-toned aromas of dried herbs, dried flowers, cranberries and cherries. The flavors show a pleasing mixture of concentration and restraint with the Petit Verdot blended in (10%) adding some heft and dryness to the tannins.

Forgeron 2012 Façon Rouge Boushey Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 90 points 
Equal parts Syrah and Grenache with 30% Mourvèdre blended in, this wine offers aromas of green herbs and cherry along with pepper and woodspice. The flavors are supple in feel, gliding on the finish.

Forgeron 2012 Anvil Malbec Wahluke Slope $65 89 points 
This wine is all varietal, aged in a mixture of new French (40%) and aged American oak. It shows a mixture of fruit and barrel notes of vanilla, freshly hewn wood, cranberry and blue fruit. The high-octane richness carries through the finish, with chewy tannins backing it all up.

Forgeron 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $30 89 points 
Made completely from Merlot, this wine comes from Candy Mountain (52%), Birch Creek (25%) and Bacchus vineyards. The oak (35% new American) plays a central role, with aromas of vanilla and green wood out in front of raspberries and cherries. Flavors are light yet concentrated, with the tannins showing some astringency.

Forgeron 2013 Façon Blanc Rhône-style White Blend Columbia Valley $25 89 points 
This blend of Roussanne (33%), Grenache Blanc (30%), Viognier (22%) and Marsanne has light aromas of apricot, citrus and flowers. The flavors are similarly restrained but it shows a sense of balance and length that holds the attention. Drinks best at 60 degrees.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Artisan Blend Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $36 91 points 
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) with the balance Merlot (25%) and Malbec, this blend is aromatically reserved with notes of cocoa, dried herbs, green pepper, tobacco and dark cherries. It coats the palate with sweet dark fruit flavors with lightly gritty tannins providing the frame.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley $25 91 points 
Varietal bottlings of Sangiovese are an extreme rarity in this appellation, yet this wine makes its case for more. It shows aromas of herbs, cigar box, mocha, plum and raspberry jam. Flavors convey purity and concentration, with the tannins providing a lightly chalky feel.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $30 89 points 
All coming from Stillwater Creek Vineyard, this leads with aromas of green herbs, dark fruit and milk chocolate. It’s hedonistic in style with layers of fruit flavors and tart acids that seem a bit out of place.

Foundry Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $28 89 points 
Aromas of mineral, burnt toast, talc and spice are lighter in style. Flavors show elegance and delicacy, with citrus notes lingering on the finish.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Merlot Red Mountain $34 88 points 
All varietal from up-and-coming Scooteney Flats Vineyard, this wine displays aromas of fresh herbs, dark raspberries and barrel spices. There’s no lack of richness to the fruit flavors but the chalky tannins need time to stitch together.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Foundry Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $18 88 points 
A blend of Syrah (40%), Merlot (30%), Malbec (16) and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is dark in color, with aromas of plum, chocolate, orange peel and peppery spices. Flavors are soft and full, bringing appeal at a seldom-seen in this appellation.

Foundry Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $42 87 points 
Assorted dried herbs, pink peppercorn and bell pepper aromas mix with dark cherries. The cherry and black currant flavors are sweet with dry, chalky tannins backing them up.

Garofalo 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $22 89 points 
Aromas of fresh herbs, tobacco and barrel spices are followed by soft, textured cherry flavors that show a lot of polish. Exploring the variety’s more elegant side, it provides perfect accompaniment for the dinner table.

Golden Ridge 2012 Estate Merlot Walla Walla Valley $29 89 points 
Aromas of baking spices, clove, vanilla and dark fruit lead to a nuanced palate with fruit and barrel flavors and a light grip of tannins. The alcohol shows through a bit but overall it holds it.

Goose Ridge 2010 Estate Meritage Columbia Valley $50 92 points 
Near equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, this wine saw 28 months in French oak. It offers aromas of herbs, baking spices, vanilla and fresh and dried cherries. The rich red and black fruit flavors are starting to show some age but the wine still has plenty of life in front of it.

Goose Ridge 2010 Vireo Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 91 points 
The oak, a mixture of French, American and eastern European, provides aromas of baking spices, pencil lead and cocoa on this blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The plum, dark fruit and cranberry flavors play along beautifully, with the silky feel adding to the appeal.

Goose Ridge 2011 First Flight Estate Bottled Red Blend Columbia Valley $22 90 points 
Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance near-equal parts Merlot and Syrah, this wine displays aromas of vanilla bean and baking spices along with cherry and fruit leather. Flavors mingle fruit and barrel, with spice lingering on the finish.

Goose Ridge 2011 Cellar Select Artist Series Dan Ostergaard Estate Bottled Syrah Columbia Valley $42 88 points 
Aromas of vanilla, coconut and clove mix with dark fruit and black pepper on this fruit-and-barrel-style wine. It’s full bodied and high octane, needing more fruit intensity to balance it out.

Goose Ridge 2013 Estate Bottled GRV White Blend Columbia Valley $24 87 points 
This wine is half Viognier with the rest Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. It offers aromas of almond, lees and peach. It’s unctuous in feel but lighter in style with a touch of bitterness that distracts.

Goose Ridge 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $16 85 points 
In this straightforward quaffer, aromas of pear, melon and apple lead to off-dry fruit flavors with a full feel. The flavor concentration is light but it still provides easy drinking enjoyment.

Goose Ridge 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $17 84 points 
Aromas of melon, grapefruit and herbs lead to sweet tropical fruit flavors. The concentration isn’t all there and the acid seems a bit wanting.

Gordon Estate 2012 Block 3 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley $30 88 points 
The oak (21 months spent in French and American) takes the lead, with aromas of baking spices, green wood and vanilla out in front of cherry. The flavors are sweet, supported by grainy tannins that show some dryness.

Gordon Estate 2013 Estate Grown Syrah Columbia Valley $21 88 points 
Aromas of orange peel, blue fruit, flowers and dried herbs are appealing and direct. The flavors and feel are elegant, showing freshness and acidity.

Gordon Estate 2013 Estate Grown Merlot Columbia Valley $21 87 points 
Aromas of woodspice, char, pickling spices and herbs are out in front of red and black fruit. The flavors are light and appealing, but ultimately the oak provides distraction.

Gorman 2012 Black Curtain Reserve Syrah Red Mountain $80 93 points 
Closed up tightly, this wine is not yet entirely ready to reveal its charms. Over time it offers aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, bittersweet chocolate, barrel spices and mineral. True to the house style, it pulls no punches with creamy feeling, rich black and blue fruit flavors that sail into the distance. Give it time to open up.

Gorman 2012 The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 92 points 
Wound up like a drum, this wine opens to reveal hedonistic aromas of toast, barrel spice, blackberry and light meaty notes. It’s made in a full-bodied, concentrated style, with wound-up tannins that would benefit from time in the cellar. Best after 2020.

Gorman 2012 Sleeping Giant Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $80 92 points 
A new offering from this winery, this pulls no punches with its dense, concentrated flavors of raspberry jam, red apple, peppery spices and huckleberry. It offers a dazzling mouthfeel and an extended finish.

Gorman 2012 The Albatross Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $80 90 points 
The oak is at the fore on this wine. Notes of toast, vanilla and café au lait lead to full-bodied chocolate and blackberry flavors surrounded by firm, dry tannins.

Gramercy Cellars 2014 Olsen Vineyard Rosé Columbia Valley $25 88 points 
An appealing pale salmon color, this blend of 50% Cinsault, 28% Grenache and 22% Syrah displays aromas of strawberry, cherry Jolly Rancher and melon. Reflective of the warmth of the vintage, it’s fruitier than recent vintages but it’s still hard to put down.

Gramercy Cellars 2014 Viognier Columbia Valley $22 88 points 
This wine offers bright aromas of watermelon and cherry Jolly Ranger. It drinks dry with candied fruit flavors that show a pleasing sense of texture and richness.

Gravel Bar 2013 Alluvial Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 88 points 
This wine is principally Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the balance other Bordeaux varieties. Aromas of clove, sweet plum, vanilla and tire rubber lead to sweet, palate-coating blueberry and smoke flavors that linger.

Gravel Bar 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $20 86 points 
This is a distinctive offering of Cabernet with aromas of vanilla, sugared plum, herb and baking spice. The sweet fruit flavors have a plush feel along with light, plump tannins.

Gravel Bar 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $18 86 points
The aromas of pear, chrysanthemum and star fruit are followed by lighter-styled flavors that display a sense of elegance.

Guardian Cellars 2012 The Rookie Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 91 points 
A blend of Klipsun and Obelisco vineyards, this Cabernet Sauvignon leads with aromas of blackberry jam, espresso, fresh herbs and toasty barrel spices (60% new French). The black fruit flavors are rich, ripe and sweet, with the oak playing a prominent part in the show.

Guardian Cellars 2012 Chalk Line Red Blend Columbia Valley $24 91 points 
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot starts out with aromas of dark coffee, toast, blackberry, fresh herbs and barrel spices (53% new French). It pulls no punches with rich blackberry and cherry flavors.

Guardian Cellars 2012 Confidential Source Merlot Columbia Valley $30 90 points 
Aromas of toast, espresso, chocolate and dark fruit lead to creamy-feeling fruit and barrel flavors. The oak (54% new French) is a bit out front but there’s still much to enjoy.

Guardian Cellars 2012 The Informant Syrah Wahluke Slope $30 90 points 
All coming from StoneTree Vineyard and aged in half new French oak, this full-throttle wine offers aromas of blackberry jam, cassis and barrel spice. It’s rich and high octane, showing some warmth on the finish.

Guardian Cellars 2013 Entrapment Chardonnay Columbia Valley $30 86 points 
Hailing from Conner Lee Vineyard, this barrel-fermented wine was aged in two-thirds new French oak. It has aromas of toast, char, nut oil and lemon. The flavors seem faint by comparison, with the concentration not all there.

Hard Row To Hoe 2013 Chardonnay Lake Chelan $25 88 points 
Butter, toast and spice aromas are followed by creamy, elegant stone-fruit flavors that linger. It’s an enjoyable offering from this young appellation.

Hard Row To Hoe 2012 Reserve Syrah Lake Chelan $45 85 points 
This wine is aromatically reticent with cocoa, berry, brown spices and light volatile notes. The palate is medium bodied with a thick feel and cranberry-like tartness.

Hard Row To Hoe 2012 Syrah Lake Chelan $35 84 points 
Light volatile notes distract from the aromas. It’s a shame because the tart dark cherry flavors provide plenty of enjoyment.

Helix by Reininger 2012 SoRhô Red Blend Columbia Valley $36 90 points 
Holding 42% Mourvèdre, 31% Cinsault and 27% Grenache, this full-bodied wine has aromas of peppery spices, herbs and jammy red and black fruit. Flavors are sweet and ripe, with restrained oak.

Helix by Reininger 2010 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese Columbia Valley $30 87 points 
This wine brings aromas of toast, dried herbs, dark raspberries and cranberries. It’s silky in texture, with the concentration a bit wanting. It doesn’t seem entirely varietal but it still provides enjoyment.

Helix by Reininger 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley $31 87 points 
Blue fruit, herbs and brown spices vie for attention. The palate brings lighter-styled yet still generous-feeling fruit flavors that linger.

Horsepower 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $115 97 points 
Despite its lighter color, this wine explodes from the glass with a complex, near-endless list of aromas that include sea breeze, crushed flowers, peat, green olive, fire pit, smoked meat, pepper, orange peel and sea salt. Its ethereal, elegant style belies the outrageously rich, exquisitely flavorful savory notes that won’t quit, offering a completely captivating walk on the variety’s wild side. Editor’s Choice

Horsepower 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $115 96 points 
Arresting and perfumed, this wine displays aromas of stargazer lilies, fire pit, tapenade and smoked meat, displaying exquisite nuance and detail. Flavors are intensely rich yet light in their styling, with a savory and floral finish that continues as long as you care to count. It displays a rare sense of delicacy and intensity that is breathtaking.

Horsepower 2012 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $115 96 points 
An aromatic tour de force, this perfumed wine offers hypnotic notes of flowers, green olive, asparagus, sea breeze, mineral, peat, smoke flowers and an earthy funk, showing layers of complexity. The palate’s lithe frame belies the richness of the smoke, fire pit and grilled meat flavors that linger.

Hudson Shah 2012 Viognier Red Mountain $30 84 points 
Aromas of lees, apricot, vanilla and wheat lead to full-bodied fruit and cinnamon flavors. It’s fleshy in feel but the flavor concentration isn’t all there.

J. Bookwalter 2013 Suspense Conner-Lee Vineyard Red Blend Columbia Valley $60 91 points 
Freshly brewed coffee, green herbs, graphite and dark fruit aromas leap up from this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The flavors are sweet, with a soft, lush feel.

J. Bookwalter 2013 Couplet Conner-Lee Chardonnay-Viognier Columbia Valley $20 85 points 
In this near-equal split between the two varieties, both show themselves on the aromas and flavors of overripe pear, peach and flowers, with the alcohol evident throughout.

Jacob Williams NV Sadie Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 85 points 
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, this nonvintage wine displays aromas of vanilla, green pepper, woodspice and herbs. The sweet chocolate and cherry flavors are accented by light meaty notes.

Jacob Williams 2012 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge $28 84 points 
This moderately colored wine offers an unusual assortment of cherry, smoke, green wood and medicinal notes. The strawberry, cranberry and mesquite flavors are elegant, with a chalky feel.

James Wyatt 2013 Untamed Cuvée Red Blend Yakima Valley $20 86 points 
This lightly colored wine blends Grenache (43%), Syrah (32%) and Mourvèdre. It brings aromas of red raspberries, currant and flowers. The palate is fresh and lighter in style, with the emphasis on fruit.

James Wyatt 2013 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $20 80 points 
This Merlot has not fully ripened, with aromas of bell pepper, green herbs and savory notes overriding any sense of variety. Flavors are faint and lighter in style, trailing on the finish.

Januik 2012 Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $65 93 points 
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec, this wine is more about elegance and detail than outright power, though it brings plenty of that as well. The blackberry, dark coffee and herb flavors are alternately light but rich, showing plenty of nuance and precision as well as great length.

Januik 2012 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $55 93 points 
Almost all varietal (with 2% Malbec) from one of the state’s premier sites, this wine draws you into the glass with aromas of coffee, scorched earth, herb, spice and dark fruit. The palate shows a beguiling sense of restraint and detail, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen, perfectly framed acidity and a lengthy finish. It’s an exquisite example of the variety that should have a long life ahead of it. It will be best after 2020. Cellar Selection

Januik 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $25 92 points 
With grapes coming from Weinbau, Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, among others, this wine offers brooding aromas of dark raspberries and bittersweet chocolate. The oak (half new French) provides a perfect complement, with flavors of coffee and spice mixing with dark fruit. It’s hard to put the glass down.

Januik 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $30 92 points 
A hedonist’s delight, this wine is rich and flavorful with notes of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. The oak (50% new French) is prominent but plays its part well.

Januik 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $35 92 points 
Aromas of baking spices, cocoa, coffee and blue and black fruit lead to rich, textured flavors. The extended finish kicks it up a notch.

Januik 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope $35 91 points 
Aromas of cocoa, coffee, flowers and herbs lead to a velvety palate that possesses a real sense of texture, flavor and balance. The finish lingers.

Januik 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $45 91 points 
There’s plenty of nuance on this wine’s aromas and flavors of café au lait, herb, dark cherry, plum and barrel spice. The balance is pitch-perfect with a light grip of tannins that need some time in the cellar to soften.

Januik 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $40 91 points 
This appellation is best known for its power but this wine shows it can just as easily demonstrate subtlety and nuance. Coffee, milk chocolate and cherry flavors lead to a textured palate that shows a lot of polish and detail. It’s impossible to take a sip without wanting to take another.

Januik 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points 
A blend of fruit from Weinbau, Ciel du Cheval, Lady Hawk, Champoux and Obelisco vineyards, this is clearly Cabernet with its aromas of milk chocolate, herbs, vanilla, dark coffee and cherry. Flavors are rich yet supple, with a finish that lingers.

Januik 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $40 90 points 
Coming from a vineyard best known for its Cabernet Franc, this wine offers aromas of fresh herbs, coffee, cherry and bittersweet chocolate. Cherry and chocolate flavors play well off of each other, with the finish lingering. The barrel influence plays a prominent role.

Januik 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Petit Verdot Red Mountain $35 90 points 
Brooding aromas of dried flowers, vanilla, cocoa, fresh herbs and potting soil lead to cherry flavors, tightly wound tannins and tart acids. It will stand up to the biggest steak.

Januik 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $35 89 points 
This was aged in equal parts new and used French oak. The new takes the lead with its aromas and flavors of coffee, cocoa and barrel spices out in front of dark fruit. It brings undeniable appeal but the variety seems to get a bit lost.

Januik 2013 Sagemoor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $20 89 points 
This wine is more a Bordeaux Blanc with Sémillon (15%) playing a prominent role. It leads with aromas of custard, barrel spices, pear and fig followed by lighter-styled fruit flavors. The concentration isn’t all there but the balance of what is is spot-on.

Januik 2012 Klipsun Vineyard Merlot Red Mountain $30 88 points 
All varietal from one of the state’s most highly regarded vineyards, this wine offers aromas of dark raspberries, green herbs, vanilla and barrel spices. The fruit and barrel flavors show concentration and depth, with a light chalkiness to the tannins.

Januik 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $30 87 points 
Appealing aromas of apple, citrus, pear and corn husk are followed by light, elegant fruit flavors and a tart finish. The concentration isn’t all there but it retains a sense of balance.

Januik 2013 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley $20 87 points 
Moderately aromatic for the variety, this wine shows aromas of flowers, pear and mandarin orange. It drinks medium sweet with lightly spritzy flavors that need a bit more acid to hold them all together.

JM Cellars 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $45 92 points 
This is Syrah co-fermented with Viognier coming from Boushey and Stillwater Creek vineyards. The aromas pop with notes of boysenberry cobbler, orange peel and whiffs of smoked meat, while the palate delivers intensity, flavor and richness.

Julia's Dazzle 2014 Rosé Horse Heaven Hills $16 89 points 
This gris-de-gris-style wine is a pretty, pale salmon color. Aromas of cherry, watermelon and mineral lead to lightly spritzy, slightly off-dry fruit flavors and a fresh, drawn-out finish.

Kennedy Shah 2012 Reserve Artz Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $52 87 points 
Aromas of blackberry jam, dried fruit and woodspice lead to full-bodied black fruit and vanilla flavors. Despite its youth, this wine seems advanced. Drink now.

Kennedy Shah 2012 La Vie en Rouge Red Blend Columbia Valley $14 86 points 
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah shows a somewhat uneasy mix of woodspice, green herb and cherry aromas. Flavors are pleasant, lighter in style and easy drinking, with a refreshing finish.

Kennedy Shah 2011 Tempranillo Columbia Valley $20 86 points 
Somewhat lighter in color, this wine has aromas of dried tobacco, coffee, vanilla and purple flowers. The orange peel and cranberry flavors are elegant, backed by soft tannins and citrusy acids.

Kennedy Shah 2013 Reserve Riesling Columbia Valley $25 85 points 
Pear, dried flower and ripe green apple aromas lead to lighter-styled, dry, mouthwatering stone-fruit flavors. This brings interest but the concentration doesn’t seem all there.

Kennedy Shah 2012 Reserve Syrah Yakima Valley $42 85 points 
The oak (85% new French) is at the fore on this wine. Aromas and flavors of coffee, butterscotch and woodspice head out in front of dark fruit that doesn’t have the heft to match it.

Kennedy Shah 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $14 84 points 
The variety is hard to find on this wine with aromas of tire rubber, barrel spice, green pepper and herb in the lead. It’s medium bodied in feel, with soft tannins.

Kennedy Shah 2013 Auntie Meredith’s Picnic Blend White Blend Columbia Valley $14 83 points 
A blend of Riesling and Muscat with a pinch of Gewürztraminer, this wine offers vibrant aromas of orange peel, fresh flowers, spice and jasmine that don’t entirely meld. It drinks dry with light concentration and a slightly bitter finish.

Kirkland Signature 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $9 85 points 
Aromas of mocha, tire rubber, herbs and blue fruit aren't entirely in sync. They lead to a palate with soft, fleshy fruit flavors and a light structure trying to hold it all together. Best Buy

Kontos Cellars 2012 Summit View Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $42 93 points 
This wine comes from an up-and-coming area of the valley above Seven Hills Vineyard. The varietal notes are spot-on, with aromas and flavors of green herbs, black pepper and boysenberry bringing intensity of flavor and purity. It’s completely dazzling. Editor’s Choice

Kontos Cellars 2011 Alatus Blend Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $36 91 points 
Principally Cabernet Sauvignon, this also holds with Merlot, Malbec and Syrah. The coolness of the vintage shows through with aromas of dried and fresh savory herbs along with coffee, licorice and dark fruit. The palate is equal parts elegant and flavorful, with supple fruit notes that glide.

Kontos Cellars 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $38 91 points 
Aromas of vanilla and baking spices take the lead, followed by dark fruit. The palate is all about texture, showing a creamy richness to the fruit and barrel flavors that linger. The oak plays a prominent role but it generally works.

Kontos Cellars 2011 Brynnan Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points 
This reserve-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Syrah (20%), Merlot (20%) and Malbec comes from Summit View and Les Collines vineyards. The dark cherry, herb, vanilla and plum aromas lead to silky fruit flavors that show restraint and polish.

Kontos Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $35 88 points 
Showing this variety’s more savory side, this wine has aromas of dried leaves and herbs. The fruit flavors seem a bit dried out and raisinated, with a grip of dry tannins on the finish. Drink now.

Kontos Cellars 2011 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $34 88 points 
Hailing from Les Collines and Seven Hills vineyards, this 100% varietal wine displays aromas and flavors of cedar, herbs, licorice and red fruit that seem a bit dried out. It’s lighter in style, showing elegance along with a light squeeze of tannins.

Kontos Cellars 2014 Gossamer White Blend Columbia Valley $28 88 points 
This is a unique blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne and Orange Muscat. Aromas of pear, almond, white flowers and orange peel lead to off-dry fruit flavors that have a full, lightly oily feel.

Lagana 2013 Breezy Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir Walla Walla Valley $35 86 points 
Grown in the southern section of the valley in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this rare varietal bottling from this appellation shows aromas of cranberry, raspberry and citrus, along with some hints of oxidation. It’s tart and full in feel, not seeming entirely varietally correct.

Lagana 2013 Minnick Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $30 86 points 
This is an aromatically brooding wine with notes of herbs, pepper and brown spices. It drinks quite sweet with a lightly chalky feel.

Lantz 2012 Syrah Red Mountain $36 92 points 
Aromas of raspberry jam, pencil lead and barrel spices are followed by rich, full-bodied fruit flavors that pack a hefty punch. Not for the faint of heart, it shows the power this growing region can bring.

Lantz 2013 Grenache Noir Grenache Walla Walla Valley $29 88 points 
Despite its light color, this wine’s aromas pop with notes of flowers, orange peel, red currant and earth. Grapes largely come from River Rock Vineyard. The fruit flavors are light and delicate with the oak pulled way back. It’s a very pretty expression of the variety.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Cuvée Arlette Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 93 points 
Merlot (47.5%) and Cabernet Franc (35.5%) make up the majority of this blend along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aromas of coffee, cranberry, herbs, pencil lead and butterscotch lead to rich, textured sweet fruit and barrel flavors that linger. It displays balance throughout.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Proprietor’s Cuvée Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 91 points 
Made with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot, this lightly colored wine offers aromas of freshly brewed coffee, cocoa and herbs. Flavors are elegant yet concentrated, with black fruit on the finish.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Cuvée Estelle Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 91 points 
A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, this wine offers generous aromas of café au lait, butterscotch, blackberry, herb and barrel spice. Flavors are focused and rich, backed by lightly dry tannins. The finish lingers.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Malbec Columbia Valley $40 90 points 
All coming from Upland Vineyard, this 100% varietal wine has a lighter color. Supple flavors of coffee, spice, plum, dried herbs and pepper contribute to a finish that lingers.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $18 89 points 
With all fruit coming from Dineen Vineyard, this wine shows alluring aromas of honeysuckle, melon, pear and zesty spices. It drinks almost dry, with the flavors tapering slightly toward the finish.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2014 Rosé Columbia Valley $18 89 points 
Equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre, this appealing wine displays aromas of strawberry, orange rind and light peppery spices. It drinks dry with a lightly spritzy feel.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 88 points 
Aromas of coffee, tire rubber, woodspice, dried herbs and cherry tussle in the glass. The coffee and cherry flavors show a mixture of elegance and richness, with chalky tannins backing it all up.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Cuvée Mirabelle Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 88 points 
This blend of near-equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre hails from Den Hoed and Ambassador vineyards. Aromas of herbs and tire rubber are somewhat uneasy, but lead to dense, layered cherry and blackberry flavors that make up for them.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Semillon Columbia Valley $35 88 points 
Though not labeled as such, this is a single-vineyard wine coming from Dineen Family Vineyard. It shows appealing aromas of toast, nut oil and melon. The flavors are lighter in style but bring a sense of balance that carries through the finish.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2014 Roussanne Columbia Valley $25 87 points 
Aromas of wet stone, citrus and honeysuckle are light and elusive while the palate brings a full, rounded feel that trails toward the finish. There’s enjoyment to be had but it’s more about texture and feel than fruit flavor.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Syrah Red Mountain $35 87 points 
This wine doesn’t entirely seem in harmony with aromas of tire rubber, coffee ice cream, herbs and barrel spice. The dark fruit flavors have a full feel but a bitter note that runs from head to tail distracts.

L'Ecole No. 41 2012 Ferguson Vineyard Estate Grown Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $60 92 points 
This is the second vintage of this wine from the winery’s young estate property. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, it’s locked up at present with aromas of coffee, graphite, cherry, barrel spices and licorice. The dark chocolate and cherry flavors are tightly coiled and the lightly grippy tannins are wound up. There’s lot of promise there but it needs time to be realized. It will be best after 2021. Cellar Selection

L'Ecole No. 41 2012 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Grown Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points 
This is just over half Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The aromas of herb, barrel spice, black cherry and coffee need time to reveal themselves fully. The dark cherry and blackberry flavors show richness and polish. Give it an extended decant if opening in the near term but it will be worth it. It will be best from 2020 to 2027. Cellar Selection

L'Ecole No. 41 2012 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points 
The aromas of tobacco leaf, herbs, milk chocolate, vanilla and dark cherries are generous on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The flavors are equal part rich and restrained, with a delightful sense of balance along with a light grip of tannins.

L'Ecole No. 41 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $40 91 points 
All varietal, this blend of fruit from seven vineyards across the valley shows nuances of cocoa, earth, coffee, herbs and cherry. There’s a lot of generosity and midpalate depth to the flavors along with a sense of balance that carries through the finish.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Old Vines Chenin Blanc Walla Walla Valley $15 89 points 
Coming from vines planted in 1979 or earlier, this wine offers aromas of yellow apple, melon, honey and starfruit. It’s lightly spritzy and drinks off dry, with a textured feel.

Lookout Point NV Tableau Red Blend Washington $24 90 points 
A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 40% Malbec, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this appealing offering has aromas of vanilla, woodspice, raspberry and black tea. The cranberry and cherry flavors are restrained in feel, with tart acids that carry through the cranberry-filled finish.

Lookout Point 2011 Malbec Rattlesnake Hills $24 89 points 
A single-variety wine coming from Two Coyote Vineyard, it shows aromas of woodspice, dried green herbs and plum.Flavors are soft and fruit filled, trailing toward the finish.

Lookout Point 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $32 88 points 
All Syrah coming from Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, this wine has aromas of violets, green wood and blue fruit. It’s sweet and concentrated with a green, woody edge.

Maloney 2012 Single Vineyard Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills $65 93 points 
This is the inaugural release from this winery that focuses on the expression of Cabernet in a different site each year. It’s dazzling, rich with blackberry, black currant, herb, dark chocolate and barrel spices. The full-bodied flavors are candy-bar sweet with some chewy tannic heft that bodes well for its potential in the cellar. Editor’s Choice

Maryhill 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Tudor Hills Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $27 90 points 
Aged sur lie for 10 months in 100% new French oak, this golden-colored wine leads with aromas of toast, pineapple and peach. The tropical fruit flavors are full bodied and rich with a creamy, almost unctuous feel. It’s full-bore but an excellent representation of the style.

Maryhill 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $14 87 points 
Pear and spice aromas lead to rich pineapple and prickly pear flavors. There’s much to love, with unmistakable varietal expression.

Matthews 2012 Claret Columbia Valley $40 93 points 
This wine is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. It displays fruit-forward aromas of blackberry seed, plum, asphalt and spice. The flavors are dense, focused and layered, showing depth, purity and texture. Editor’s Choice

Matthews 2011 Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $70 92 points 
This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend shows aromas of blackberry, red and black currant and barrel spices (100% new French), seeming a bit wound up at present. The fruit and barrel flavors are elegant yet rich with a polished, seamless feel and a warm finish.

Matthews 2011 Claret Columbia Valley $40 90 points 
The oak shows prominently on this blend of Merlot (68%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%), Malbec (7%), Petit Verdot (3%) and Cabernet Franc. It leads with notes of barrel spices, green herbs and blackberry. The palate is full and rich, with dry tannins that need time to stretch their legs.

Matthews 2012 Blackboard Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 90 points 
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah, this wine offers aromas of dark plums, blackberry, dark chocolate and asphalt, with floral and spice top notes. The fruit flavors are sweet and approachable, backed by lightly chalky tannins.

McCrea 2009 Cuvée Orleans Syrah Yakima Valley $40 92 points 
The six years this wine has had to stretch its legs have been well spent. It shows appealing aromas of chocolate along with dried and fresh dark fruit that lead to rich, ripe flavors. It’s in full bloom and ready to drink.

McCrea 2009 Syrah Yakima Valley $25 91 points 
A full six years old, this wine is in a sweet spot, with aromas of fresh and dried blue and red fruit. It’s rich in style with plump, luscious fruit flavors. It still has time but it’s hard to imagine it could get much better. Drink now. Editor’s Choice

McCrea 2009 Boushey Grand Cote Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $36 91 points 
Already six years old, this is in full bloom, offering aromas of jammy red and black fruit sprinkled with cocoa and iron. Flavors show purity and richness, with barrel influences dialed back.

McCrea 2009 Sirocco Red Blend Yakima Valley $28 90 points 
A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise, this wine brings an intriguing assortment of red and blue jammy fruit, herbs, cranberry and peppery spices. Reflective of the warm vintage it comes from, it’s ripe, full bodied and in a sweet spot. Drink now.

McCrea 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Viognier Red Mountain $25 90 points 
Pale yellow in color, this five-plus-year-old white has aromas of lees, dried apricot and flowers. The palate feels full bodied, but with lighter-styled flavors and a zing of acid on the finish.

McCrea 2010 Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $28 89 points 
Aromas of vanilla and baking spices are out in front of fruit leather, herbs and peppery spices. Flavors are exceptionally sweet and ripe, lingering on the finish. Drink now.

McCrea 2009 Grenache Yakima Valley $28 88 points 
Volatility interferes with the otherwise pleasing mixture of fruit and barrel, with notes of raspberry jam, fresh and dried fruit and vanilla. Flavors are quite sweet and ripe, showing a hedonistic styling. Drink now.

McCrea 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Counoise Red Mountain $32 87 points 
This rare varietal bottling has lightly volatile aromas of Dimetap, raspberries, woodspice and herbs. Cranberry, raspberry and rose-hip flavors are full bodied and show purity. Drink now.

Mercer 2012 Reserve Dead Canyon Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $42 90 points 
This is an aromatically pleasing, fruit-forward wine, with notes of raspberry, spice and plum. The palate is supple in feel, with the fruit and oak flavors shining through.

Moonbeam 2013 Riesling Washington $12 85 points 
Aromas are light for the variety, with notes of jasmine and poached pear. The medium-sweet flavors deliver notes of mandarin orange and Nestea ice tea, finishing dry.

Nelms Road 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $25 89 points 
Fresh blackberry, black currant and tar aromas lead to full-bodied dark fruit flavors backed by dry, chewy tannins.

Nine Hats 2012 Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 91 points 
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up the majority of this wine, which comes from The Benches and Weinbau vineyards. The dark brewed-coffee, herb, milk chocolate and cherry aromas, with rich, full-bodied flavors, provide plenty of allure and value. Editor’s Choice

No Girls 2012 La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $75 94 points 
Quite lightly colored, this wine displays perfumed aromas of green and black olive, stargazer lilies, mineral, peat and moist earth. The flavors are both ethereally light and rich, tingling the palate with seemingly endless savoriness.

No Girls 2012 La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $75 93 points 
Peat, flower, smoked meat and earthy funk aromas are at the fore. The flavors show a combination of richness and elegance, with smoked meat and olive brine flavors that linger.

Novelty Hill 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $26 92 points 
Appealing aromas of cocoa, vanilla and spice intermingle with dark fruit. The palate brings plenty of the same, with pleasing richness and texture to the flavors, and lots of hang time on the finish.

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley $28 92 points 
This wine commands attention with its aromas of dark raspberries, milk chocolate and barrel spices. Flavors show plenty of richness and intensity with a supple texture that dazzles. Editor’s Choice

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Grenache Columbia Valley $28 91 points 
The oak (50% new French) plays a big part in this show, with aromas of coffee and pencil lead alongside the variety’s strawberries and herbs. It’s supple and pillowy in feel with a high yum factor.

Novelty Hill 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $23 91 points The variety is unmistakable, with aromas of coffee, earth and plummy fruit. Rich flavors display a mix of fruit and barrel (45% new French and American), making it a delicious find at this price.

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points This is almost all varietal, with just smidgeons of Merlot and Malbec (2% each) blended in. It displays an appealing mix of fruit and barrel, with aromas and flavors of coffee, spice, pencil lead, herbs and cherry, showing a sense of vibrancy and richness.

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $28 90 points The oak—a mixture of new and used French and American—takes the lead on this wine, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, cocoa and coffee out in front of plum and dark fruit. There’s a pleasing mixture of richness and lightness. The variety gets a bit subsumed but there’s still much to enjoy.

Novelty Hill 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $23 90 points 
Milk chocolate, cherry and raspberry aromas lead to sweet, supple luscious fruit flavors. It keeps you coming back for more.

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese Columbia Valley $28 90 points 
Although this wine only saw 35% new French oak, the wood plays prominently, with aromas of toast and spice out in front of cherry and raspberry. The supple feel is where this wine shines, adding multiple layers to the concentrated flavors.

Novelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $20 90 points
Barrel fermented in new and used French oak and aged sur lie for seven months, this appealing wine brings aromas of pear, spice, fig and papaya. The Sémillon blended in (16%) adds to the palate’s richness and weight, with the pleasingly long finish contributing to the enjoyment.

Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $28 90 points 
There’s no denying this wine’s appeal with its aromas and flavors of dark fruit, café au lait, earth and herbs. It’s restrained yet flavorful, with a lingering, coffee-filled finish.

Novelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Viognier Columbia Valley $23 89 points 
Aromas of pear, honeysuckle, cream and peach rise up from the glass. This is lightly creamy in feel, with elegantly styled but well-balanced fruit flavors that linger.

Novelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $23 88 points 
Notes of poached pear, peach and spice lead to elegant, lightly creamy fruit flavors and a lemony finish. The concentration is light but what’s there possesses a good sense of balance.

Novelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne Columbia Valley $23 88 points 
The aromas of pear, butterscotch and apricot show plenty of detail. The palate is full bodied in feel but with lighter-styled fruit flavors.

Obelisco Estate 2012 Nefer III Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $125 91 points 
Aromas of woodspice, cedar, cranberry and cherry are at the fore on this 100% varietal wine. It shows concentration, finesse and polish, with dry, chewy tannins lending support.

OS Winery 2014 Sonas Devon’s Rosé Yakima Valley $14 88 points 
This saignée-style, Cabernet Franc rosé has a pale salmon color, with aromas of pink grapefruit and strawberry. It drinks a hair off dry with spritzy melon and berry flavors that linger.

Owen Roe 2012 The Pearl Block Union Gap Vineyard Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $72 93 points 
There’s no mistaking the variety with this wine’s aromas of herbs, dried tobacco, coffee, flowers and cherry. It dazzles with its supple feel and exquisitely balanced cherry flavors that carry off into the distance. Editor’s Choice

Owen Roe 2012 Union Gap Syrah Yakima Valley $55 93 points 
This is a dazzler of a wine. Aromas of herbs, coffee, spice and blue and black fruit are expressive but still seem a bit locked up. The sweet, concentrated palate shows mesmerizing texture along with purity and richness, an impeccable sense of balance and a finish that won’t quit.

Pedestal 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $60 91 points 
This leads with aromas of dark raspberries, toast and woodspice, seeming to still be in its shell. Flavors are high-octane, rich and sweet, with enough tannins to go the distance. It doesn’t seem entirely integrated right now, but it will go up a notch or two if it comes together.

Pepper Bridge 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points 
This compelling blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Petit Verdot provides aromas of coffee, mocha, sautéed herbs, cherry and woodspice. The flavors are rich and focused, backed by chewy, slightly dry tannins. It needs significant time in the cellar to show itself and will be best after 2021.

Pepper Bridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points 
A blend of fruit from Seven Hills (75%), Octave (21%) and Pepper Bridge vineyards, this wine shows intriguing aromas of anise, cassis, herb and woodspice. It still seems to be in its shell. The flavors are dense and supple, rich but restrained with the tannins combed to a fine sheen.

Pepper Bridge 2012 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points 
Truly a Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec from Seven Hills (51%), Pepper Bridge (32%) and Octave vineyards, this wine offers aromas of wood, dark raspberry and licorice. The supple, reserved fruit flavors bring plenty of appeal. Give it time for the oak to fully integrate.

Pepper Bridge 2012 Trine Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $65 89 points 
This is the first offering of this wine where Cabernet Franc (37%) takes the lead, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Merlot (23%), Malbec (7%) and Petit Verdot. It’s drinking young now, with wound-up herbs, cherry, chocolate and cranberry flavors backed by firm, gripping tannins. It will be best after 2021.

Perimeter 2014 Riesling Washington $10 84 points 
This medium-sweet offering has aromas of lime leaf and jasmine that lead to apricot and floral flavors. There’s not a lot of complexity but it offers easy drinking enjoyment.

Pirouette 2012 Red Blend Columbia Valley $55 92 points 
This wine is Cabernet Sauvignon (63%) blended with Merlot (19%), Petit Verdot (12%) and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of black cherry, herbs, cranberries and dry chocolate are reserved while the palate offers hedonistic fruit flavors, with lightly dry tannins that hopefully will smooth out with additional time in the cellar.

Proper 2013 Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $NA 92 points 
On first pour, this wine is still in its shell with aromas of huckleberries, dried herbs and plums, with savory notes lurking in the background. It’s fleshy in feel with plush, pure blue fruit and smoked meat flavors that linger on the finish.

Pursued by Bear 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $65 92 points 
Fruit and barrel intertwine on this wine, with aromas of toffee, shaved coconut and spice leading to layered blackberry and cherry flavors. This wine is stylish and undeniably tasty.

Pursued by Bear 2011 Baby Bear Syrah Columbia Valley $54 91 points 
Aromas of vanilla bean, coconut and cocoa meld with cherry cola and dark fruit. The palate has tart, focused cranberry and cherry flavors with a restrained, velvety feel.

Rasa 2013 The Composer Riesling Columbia Valley $30 87 points 
Lees notes take the lead on this unusual wine, followed by aromas of apricot, almond butter and cream. It drinks a hair off dry with a lightly creamy feel.

Reininger 2012 Malbec Walla Walla Valley $56 92 points 
There’s a mixture of fruit and barrel on this wine with dark fruit aromas melding with cocoa, clove and spice. Sweet and concentrated flavors coat the palate, with a light squeeze of tannins backing it up.

Reininger 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Carmenère Walla Walla Valley $51 91 points 
Though it’s a niche variety in the state, Carmenère has always been a flagship wine for this winery. This one is all varietal, with aromas of herbs, freshly cut green and jalapeño peppers. It coats the palate with dark fruit and savory flavors.

Reininger 2012 Reserve Chardonnay Walla Walla Valley $48 91 points 
It’s rare to see a varietal bottle of Chardonnay from this appellation. This one comes from Birch Creek Vineyard and has alluring aromas of lees, almond, peach and straw. The creamy stone-fruit flavors have a sense of richness but are also quite deft, with a finish that lingers.

Reininger 2011 Mr. Owl’s Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $34 89 points 
Aromas of Bing cherry, herbs, earth and exotic spices tussle a bit on this blend of Sangiovese (55%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Merlot and Syrah from Seven Hills and Stillwater Creek vineyards. Flavors are generous yet reserved, with a seamless feel and zippy acids stitching it together, followed by bitters on the finish.

Reininger 2011 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $43 88 points 
An unusual aroma profile of sandalwood, broccoli and exotic spices leads to coffee and dark cherries. The fruit flavors are silky in feel, showing plenty of depth with lightly grainy tannins supporting them.

Reininger 2013 Birch Creek Vineyard Semillon Walla Walla Valley $36 87 points 
Birch Creek Vineyard provides the fruit for this stainless-steel-fermented and aged wine. It offers notes of custard, lees and herbs. The clover flavors show a richer feel but the concentration doesn’t all seem to be there, trailing toward the finish.

Revelry 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Block 19 Syrah Wahluke Slope $54 90 points 
The second of two wines from the same vineyard made from different clones (this one Entav 877), this wine displays aromas of orange peel, mocha, blue fruit and barrel spices showing nuance and detail. It’s supple in feel with good concentration to the sweet fruit flavors.

Revelry 2012 Block 13 Clone 2 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope $52 89 points 
Light aromas of flowers, dried herbs and barrel spices lead to velvety cherry and chocolate flavors that have a fine sense of presence, but could use a bit more tannic structure to stitch them together.

Revelry 2012 Reserve Alder Ridge Vineyard Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $40 89 points 
This wine is 100% varietal and comes from a single block and clone (clone 3). Aromas of woodspice, blue fruit and herbs lead to sweet, supple fruit flavors and grainy tannins. There are a lot of good things going on but the wood steps a bit in front of them.

Revelry 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $52 88 points 
No punches are pulled on this 100% varietal wine. Aromas of freshly sliced red apple, cranberries and milk chocolate lead to candy-bar-sweet cherry and chocolate flavors. It doesn’t entirely come together but provides enjoyment.

Revelry 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Block 18 Syrah Wahluke Slope $56 88 points 
One of two wines from the same vineyard, a block apart with different clones (this one Entav 179), this all-varietal bottling features notes of orange peel and flowers mixing with jammy fruit and mocha. The plum flavors show pleasing purity and freshness, lingering on the finish.

Revelry 2012 The Reveler Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 87 points 
All five Bordeaux varieties are represented in this wine that leads with light aromas of raspberry, cola and medicine cabinet. The blue fruit flavors are quite sweet, with chalky tannins providing support.

Revelry 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 87 points 
This rich wine shows sweet, luscious cherry, green herbs, medicine cabinet and leather aromas and flavors. It doesn’t bring a lot of complexity but yields plenty of enjoyment. Drink now.

Revelry 2011 D11 Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 86 points 
Vanilla and green wood aromas are at the fore, followed by cherry and herbs. The fruit flavors are sweet and elegant, with the oak nearly completely overriding them.

Revelry 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $14 86 points 
It’s difficult to find the aromas of apple, pear and jasmine. This drinks off dry with nicely balanced acids.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $65 95 points 
Locked up tightly on first pour, this wine shows brooding aromas of black pepper, smoked meat, brown stems, olive and herbs. It explodes across the palate with rich yet elegant, nuanced savory flavors that lead to a hyperextended finish. It will be best after 2020. Cellar Selection

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 In the Hills Estate Foothills in the Sun Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 95 points 
A wine glass can hardly contain this lightly colored wine’s generous aromas of black olive, sea salt, crushed flowers, orange peel, black pepper, mineral and smoked meat. The smoke and savory flavors display a fascinating mixture of lightness and intensity, leading to a floral finish that seems near endless. Editor’s Choice

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 Stonessence Syrah Walla Walla Valley $85 94 points 
The color is light but that’s deceptive. Brooding aromas of coffee, smoke, peat, earth, mineral and fire pit lead to lightly styled but rich, focused savory flavors that display both deftness and intensity, with a sense of texture.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 The Contender Estate In the Rocks Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $75 94 points 
Aromatically dazzling, this wine shows complex notes of smoked meat, fire pit, black olive, peat, crushed flowers and sea breeze. The savory flavors are rich yet light and restrained, with a long, drawn-out finish. It’s an impressive wine whose best years are far in front of it. Drink 2020 to 2026. Cellar Selection

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 In the Rocks Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $65 92 points 
Aromas of green olive, tapenade, mineral, peat, flowers and earthy funk lead to plum and savory flavors. It’s lighter styled and all about elegance of expression, with guava flavors on the finish.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 The Unnamed Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $65 92 points 
The color is light and the black and green olive, smoked meat and savory aromas are reserved. However, there’s an elegant yet rich, captivating feel to the savory flavors that make this wine hard to resist.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2012 The Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $70 91 points 
Hailing from the winery’s In the Rocks Vineyard, this wine opens with aromas of nori, black olive and blackberry that evolve into herb and plum. The dark fruit flavors are sweet and concentrated, lightly tacky in feel, backed by velvety-soft tannins.

Ross Andrew 2010 Old Block Boushey Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $65 90 points 
This wine provides aromas of iron, red currant, cranberry and herb, along with a rubbing alcohol note that provides a bit of distraction. It’s reserved but flavorful, with fruit and savory notes lingering on the tart, extended finish.

Ross Andrew 2014 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris Columbia Gorge $20 87 points 
Aromas of hazelnut, mineral and pear lead to off-dry, full-feeling fruit flavors that are stitched up with citric acidity on the finish. It doesn’t entirely come together but there’s plenty to enjoy.

Saggi 2012 Red Blend Columbia Valley $45 92 points 
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this brings out the best of each of them with beguiling aromas of barrel spice, cranberry, raspberry and herb. The fruit flavors are rich and full bodied.

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Riesling Yakima Valley $17 85 points 
Light aromas of ripe pear and jasmine precede medium-sweet, somewhat oily-feeling flavors. It doesn’t all come together but still provides enjoyment.

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Madeleine Angevine Puget Sound $18 85 points 
This is a perfumed wine with aromas of fresh flowers, orange peel and citrus. It drinks dry with a broad, fleshy feel, falling a bit flat on the finish.

Saviah 2012 The Funk Syrah Walla Walla Valley $55 93 points 
Blended with 4% Viognier, this is an attention-getting wine with aromas of black olive, nori, brown stems, smoked meat and blue fruit, unmistakably coming from The Rocks District. The layered, supple mouthfeel is where this wine truly struts its stuff with abundant blue fruit and savory flavors. It’s a complete knockout. Editor’s Choice

Saviah 2011 Big Sky Cuvée Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 92 points 
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this wine all comes from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. The aromas of vanilla, dried herb, plum and black cherry are brooding. It’s palate coating and velvety in feel, showing richness and elegance to the sensuous plum and coffee flavors.

Saviah 2012 G-S-M Columbia Valley $38 91 points 
With the blend consisting of 40% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre, this wine hails from Lonesome Spring, Watermill and Sugarloaf vineyards. Aromas of milk chocolate, herbs, plum and peppery spices lead to a textured palate with a luxurious feel.

Saviah 2012 Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $38 91 points 
This compelling wine comes largely from The Rocks District. Seeing just a kiss of new French oak (25%), it offers exquisitely fresh, rich aromas and flavors, with notes of plum, pipe tobacco, leather and earthy funk.

Saviah 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $30 89 points 
Coming from a who’s who of valley vineyards that includes McClellan, Anna Marie and Summit View, this wine shows restrained aromas of vanilla, cocoa, herbs, tobacco and toasty barrel spices. The soft cassis and cherry flavors are considerably more generous though elegantly styled, leading to a spice-filled finish.

Saviah 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 89 points 
Lees aromas mix with notes of custard, poached pear, cinnamon and well-integrated barrel accents. The palate shows a sense of finesse and grace that carries through the finish.

Saviah 2014 The Jack Riesling Columbia Valley $15 88 points 
The aromas of apricot, drizzled honey, lime and pear are followed by off-dry, lightly spritzy stone-fruit flavors that linger.

Sequel 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $50 91 points 
This hedonistic wine has aromas of embers, dark coffee, earth, cranberry and blackberry. It coats the palate with supple, concentrated dark fruit flavors showing some heft and grip to the tannins.

Seven Falls 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $20 90 points 
This wine has immediate appeal showing aromas of milk chocolate, cherry and dried herbs. The flavors are plump and rich in feel yet backed by soft tannins.

Seven Hills 2014 Dry Rosé Columbia Valley $17 91 points 
Principally Cabernet Franc with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec (8% each) blended in, this wine is almost irresistible with its pretty, pale salmon color. It does not disappoint with its aromas and flavors of melon, white peach and grapefruit, with a light spritz giving it some lift. Editor’s Choice

Six Prong 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $17 88 points 
Aromas offer raspberries, stemmy herbs, jalapeño and spice while the palate brings plush and lightly sweet cherry and blackberry flavors.

Sleight of Hand 2014 The Magician Evergreen Vineyard Riesling Ancient Lakes $18 88 points 
All Riesling, this aromatic wine conveys notes of jasmine, peach and pear. It drinks off dry, with spritzy soda water and stone-fruit flavors and mouthwatering acidity.

Songbird 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $11 85 points 
This is a straightforward easy-drinker with aromas of cantaloupe and kiwi leading to off-dry, lightly styled fruit flavors.

Sparkman 2013 Wonderland Grenache Yakima Valley $NA 92 points 
Aromas of tobacco, dried herbs and strawberry are followed by focused, creamy-feeling raspberry and cranberry flavors. It shows a real sense of purity but the mouthfeel is where it truly shines. Editor’s Choice

Sparkman 2014 Apparition Rhône-style White Blend Yakima Valley $NA 91 points 
Light golden-colored, this blend of 75% Roussanne, 12% Grenache Blanc and 13% Marsanne comes from Boushey and Olsen vineyards. It draws you into the glass with aromas of marzipan, nectarine and spice. The stone fruit flavors are lightly creamy in feel, showing a pleasing sense of balance and a lengthy finish.

Sparkman 2013 Kindred Red Blend Columbia Valley $NA 88 points 
This blend of 42% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot offers aromas of carob, plum, barrel spices, anise and herbs. It’s light but fleshy in feel with abundant blue fruit flavors.

Stevens 2012 Stevens Timley Malbec Yakima Valley $32 92 points 
It’s unusual to see a Washington wine from this vintage at this listed alcohol level but there’s no question about the ripeness. It’s all Dineen Vineyard fruit coming from the oldest block at the vineyard, with aromas of leafy herbs and sweet plums. There’s a pleasingly supple feel to the polished dark fruit flavors that linger effortlessly. Editor’s Choice

Stevens 2012 Stevens Merlot Yakima Valley $32 92 points 
This blend of DuBrul and Meek vineyard fruit broods with aromas of dark raspberries and licorice. Ripe fruit flavors accompany exquisitely balanced tannins and acidity. It’s drinking well now but should have a long life in front of it. Editor’s Choice

Stevens 2012 Stevens424 Red Blend Yakima Valley $36 91 points 
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, this wine exudes complex aromas of leafy herbs, pencil lead, black licorice, citrus peel and dark cherries. On the palate, the blue and red fruit flavors are front and center, well framed by lively acidity and lick of tannins.

Stevens 2012 Stevens Franc Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $32 91 points 
Equal parts Dineen and Sheridan vineyard, this 100% varietal wine shows a mixture of dried and fresh herbs, savory notes, graphite and floral aromas. It’s reserved and ultra-polished in feel with a divine sense of texture and plenty of tart acidity. Serve it at the dinner table to see it truly shine.

Stevens 2012 StevensXY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $45 90 points 
A blend of fruit from Dineen, Meek and Sheridan vineyards, this wine delivers aromas of black cherry, orange peel, sweet spices and fresh herbs. The black cherry flavors convey polish and depth.

Stevens 2012 Stevens Black Tongue Syrah Yakima Valley $32 90 points 
This wine pops with aromas of orange peel, raspberry, herb and clove. The jammy fruit flavors are pure in feel and linger on the finish.

Stolen Horse 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $48 92 points 
This perfumed wine offers aromas of plum, flowers, orange peel, smoked meat and coffee. The blue fruit flavors are soft, focused and rich, lingering on the finish.

Tamarack Cellars 2011 Sagemoor Vineyards Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 91 points 
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (67%), Merlot (22%) and Cabernet Franc draws you in with aromas of dark coffee, dried herbs, medicine cabinet and dark cherry. The sweet flavors are layered and tightly wound, with tart acidity and lightly gritty tannins stitching it all together.

Tamarack Cellars 2011 Ciel du Cheval Reserve Red Blend Red Mountain $50 91 points 
Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) takes the lead with the rest equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dried herbs, flowers, graphite and dark fruit lead to supple, layered dark fruit flavors back by the grip of dry tannins. Drink now.

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope $30 90 points 
All varietal with most of the fruit coming from Weinbau Vineyard along with pinches from Ciel du Cheval and Taptiel, this wine displays aromas of herb, plum, cherry and barrel spice. The palate shows elegant styling plus richness and balance.

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $40 89 points 
There are good things going on on this wine, with its aromas of leather and brown spices and sweet fruit flavors. However, they don’t quite all seem to come together.

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $28 87 points 
Woodspice, herb and dark fruit aromas are out in front. The flavors show a lot of barrel influence, with the tannins providing some grit.

Tamarack Cellars 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 86 points 
Aromatic for the variety, this wine shows notes of apple and pear. It’s lightly spritzy with an almost unctuous feel.

Telaya 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $30 88 points 
This well-made wine has appealing aromas of milk chocolate, coffee and plum. The style is lighter, with the concentration not seeming quite all there, but it still provides plenty of appeal with its elegance. Put it at the dinner table to see it at its best.

Telaya 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 86 points 
Aromas of baking spices, green pepper and cherry lead to lighter-styled fruit flavors that seem a bit diluted.

Telaya 2013 Viognier Columbia Valley $17 85 points 
Aromas of pear, stone fruit and lees lead to peach and floral flavors. The concentration is light and elegant.

Tenor 2011 2:2 Red Blend Columbia Valley $55 93 points 
This wine is 35% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec. It brings a whole lot of appeal with its aromas of coffee, woodspice, blackberries and dark cherries. The palate shows a mixture of grace and power and the finish won’t quit.

Tenor 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $60 92 points 
Aromas of barrel spices, nougat and pear lead to a full-bodied palate, with tart, lemony acidity drawing out the flavors.

Tenor 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley $60 91 points 
This wine commands attention with its aromas of black pepper, dried flowers, asparagus, fresh herbs and mineral. The potpourri and blue fruit flavors are sweet and rich, carrying some warmth along with them but generally holding it well.

Tenor 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $58 91 points 
The aromas of blue fruit, fresh lavender, game and herbs are quite reserved at present. The palate offers rich but balanced dark fruit flavors, with floral notes taking over on the finish.

Tenor 2010 1:1 Red Blend Columbia Valley $98 89 points 
This wine is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec from Hedges Estate, Red Mountain, Stillwater and Weinbau vineyards. It’s youthful at present, with aromas of woodspice, coffee, blackberry and graphite. The palate displays muscular fruit flavors surrounded by a framework of dry, chewy tannins.

The Leader 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $18 89 points 
Light aromas of dark chocolate, plum, herbs, flowers and tropical fruit provide intrigue. The dark fruit flavors are full in feel, showing depth and concentration along with a grip of tannins.

Tranche 2011 Slice of Pape Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 91 points 
A Southern Rhône-style blend, this wine shows aromas of cranberry, raspberry, fresh herbs and peppery spices. The flavors show purity, richness and restraint, with a finish that lingers. Editor’s Choice

Tranche 2012 Slice of Pape Blanc Rhône-style White Blend Columbia Valley $30 91 points 
This blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier displays aromas of almond, corn husk and apricot. There’s a pleasing, nuanced feel to the sweet, full-bodied fruit flavors along with a finish that won’t quit.

Tranche 2011 Estate Grown Blue Mountain Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $40 91 points 
Brooding aromas of violets, fresh herbs, potpourri, medicinal notes and dark fruit are followed by full-bodied, rich raspberry flavors. It’s not for the dinner table but perfect as a cocktail.

Tranche 2014 Pink Pape Blackrock Vineyard Rosé Yakima Valley $18 90 points 
A blend of Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache, this very pretty salmon-colored wine offers aromas of strawberry, melon, soda water and spice. It drinks dry but the fruit flavors are sweet, with tart acids finishing it off.

Tranche 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $45 90 points 
Mesmerizing aromas of toast, roasted pumpkin and spice are followed by medium-bodied, lightly spritzy feeling flavors and a citrus-filled finish. This drinks young now and will benefit from some additional time in the cellar.

Tranche 2011 Estate Grown Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $40 89 points 
It’s rare to see a varietal bottling of Franc from this appellation. This one offers aromas of fresh and dried herbs along with cherry, still seeming a bit locked-up. The cherry and raspberry flavors are on the lighter side of medium bodied, trailing toward the finish.

Tranche 2013 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $18 89 points 
Light aromas of citrus, herbs and nut oil are followed by a full-bodied palate with lightly sweet fruit flavors. It’s a fine display of the variety.

Tranche 2010 Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $35 88 points 
This wine leads with somewhat locked-up, slightly porty aromas of herb, barrel spice and dark fruit. The ripe, rich dark fruit flavors show considerably more generosity, with firm, slightly gritty tannins backing them up.

Trellis Gate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $25 88 points 
This 100% varietal wine is wound up tightly. Blackberry, coconut, vanilla and high-toned green herb aromas lead to ripe, full-bodied dark fruit and baking-spice flavors. The oak plays a lead role in the show.

Two Vines 2013 Riesling Washington $6 85 points 
Aromas of ripe apple and poached pear are accented by spice. It drinks medium sweet with mandarin-orange flavors that linger. Best Buy

Two Vines 2013 Chardonnay Washington $6 84 points 
A straightforward wine, this has aromas of light spices and stone fruit. The flavors are lighter in style with the concentration a bit wanting but it still provides easy drinking pleasure. Best Buy

Underground Wine Project 2012 Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $32 91 points 
A new project from winemakers Mark McNeilly and Trey Busch, this wine leads with aromas of fresh green herbs, raspberries, dark chocolate and cherry. The palate is full bore but not overweighted, showing intensity to the red and black fruit flavors.

Underground Wine Project 2012 Idle Hands Red Blend Red Mountain $32 91 points 
Don’t let the Red Wine label fool you. This is 92% Syrah with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. It provides immediate appeal with its aromas of raspberry, plummy fruit, orange peel and chocolate. The palate has full-bodied, sumptuous flavors that linger. Drink now.

Upchurch 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 92 points 
Aromas of coffee, graphite, herb, barrel spice and black fruit lead to a power-packed palate full of dark fruit and earth flavors supported by chewy tannins. It’s a classic Red Mountain style, not shy but delivering the goods with a long life ahead of it.

Voila! 2012 Pinot Noir Columbia Valley $22 88 points 
Pale in color, this wine shows perfumed aromas of potpourri, wild strawberries and smoke. The palate reveals mesquite and juicy berry flavors that show a lot of delicacy and restraint.

Voila! 2012 Cashmere Red Blend Columbia Valley $22 87 points 
Lighter in color, this blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Syrah has aromas and flavors of mesquite smoke, strawberry and cherry, with the Pinot seemingly in the lead. The smoky flavors are medium bodied, with a light grip of chalky tannins.

Voila! 2013 Syrah Washington $24 86 points 
With fruit coming from the Ancient Lakes appellation, this pungent wine has aromas of flowers, tire rubber, berries and herbs. The floral and plum flavors are sweet with a plush feel.

Voila! 2013 Chardonnay Ancient Lakes $22 84 points 
The aromas of guava and other tropical fruits are faint while the flavors seem washed out. There’s enjoyment to be had but it all needs to be dialed up.

Voila! 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $24 82 points 
This wine shows aromas of green olive, herbs, flowers and tire rubber. Flavors are sweet with a light spritz and chalky mesquite notes.

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $44 92 points 
This wine commands attention with aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, toast, herb and black cherry. The palate has elegant, layered chocolate and cherry flavors, backed by a light squeeze of tannins. Just a baby now, it needs some time in the cellar to be fully appreciated. It will be best from 2018 to 2024. Cellar Selection

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Bello Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese Columbia Valley $38 91 points 
An equal split of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from Bacchus and Kiona vineyards, this generous wine has aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and leather.

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $38 90 points 
There’s no mistaking the variety with this wine’s aromas of dried and fresh savory herbs, poblano, coffee, dark chocolate and cherry, accented by earthy undertones. The palate is deft while showing good depth of flavor and persistence.

Waterbrook 2013 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley $17 90 points 
The aromas of toast, pear, pineapple and spice are nuanced and reserved. Flavors are light, focused and textured, displaying both varietal and winemaker intent.


Waterbrook 2012 Reserve Malbec Columbia Valley $24 88 points 
This wine is 100% varietal aged in a mixture of largely American oak (24% new). It offers aromas of dill, plum and woodspice with a soft feel and a tart finish.

Waterbrook 2013 Mélange Red Varietal Blend Red Blend Columbia Valley $14 88 points 
This kitchen-sink blend is fruit forward with aromas of raspberry jam and plum along with pencil lead and vanilla accents. Flavors are sweet and generous, with a rounded feel and a lingering finish. It drinks best at a cool 62.

Waterbrook 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $24 87 points 
Aromas of coffee, cocoa, green wood and fresh herbs lead to pleasing cherry, cola and chocolate flavors with abundant vanilla and wood accents, with tannins lending some grip.

Waterbrook 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $14 87 points 
Aromas of green, leafy herbs, plummy blue fruit and woodspices are followed by moderate flavors that show a mix of fruit and barrel. It’s a pleasingly varietal wine at the right price.

Waterbrook 2012 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley $24 87 points 
There’s much to enjoy with this wine’s aromas of vanilla, coffee, baking spices, raspberry and green wood. The sweet flavors show cranberry-like tartness and grainy tannins.

Waterbrook 2012 Mélange Red Varietal Blend Red Blend Columbia Valley $NA 87 points 
This kitchen sink-style blend is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (25%), Grenache (12%), Malbec (10%) and several other varieties. It’s fruit forward, with aromas of raspberry jam, herbs and plum. Flavors are lightly sweet, with restrained but rich flavors and a light grip of tannins.

Waterbrook 2013 Mélange White Varietal Blend White Blend Columbia Valley $12 86 points 
Seven different varieties make up this blend with Riesling (34%), Chardonnay (18%), Gewürztraminer (16%) and Viognier (13%) taking the lead. Aromas of flowers, mandarin orange and citrus are followed by moderately sweet stone-fruit flavors that providing easy drinking pleasure.

Waterbrook 2014 Sangiovese Rosé Columbia Valley $12 84 points 
Light cherry colored, this wine displays aromas of herbs, cherry and melon. It drinks off dry (6.6g/L residual sugar) but lacks the acid to support the sugar.

Watermill 2014 Viognier Columbia Valley $16 87 points 
It’s difficult to find the aromas of stone fruit and herbs in the glass. The flavors show a lot of lightness and elegance but also a sense of balance.

Wedge Mountain 2014 Evergreen Vineyard Viognier Ancient Lakes $25 82 points 
Barrel notes take the lead with aromas of char, butterscotch and spice overrunning the fruit. There’s a pleasing creamy feel to the sweet fruit flavors but the variety is near impossible to find.

Westport Winery 2013 Shorebird Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 83 points 
Aromas of pear and yellow apple are at the fore. It drinks off dry with full feel. There’s enjoyment to be had but the varietal is hard to discern.

Westport Winery 2012 Smoky Nor’wester Red Willow Vineyard Sangiovese Yakima Valley $26 83 points 
Mostly Sangiovese, this wine appears to have seen some oxygen exposure that interferes with its blue fruit and herb aromas. It drinks quite sweet with a mixture of chocolate and cherry flavors.

Wild Meadows 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $11 86 points 
Pineapple, pear and straw aromas lead to sweet, medium-bodied fruit flavors. It’s a straightforward, varietally correct quaffer that goes down easy. Best Buy

Wild Meadows 2012 Red Beauty Red Blend Columbia Valley $11 86 points 
Lighter in color, this Syrah (83%)-dominated blend shows aromas of dehydrated blueberries, milk chocolate, black olive and plum. The blue fruit flavors are lightly sweet, with some residual sugar holding it together. Best Buy

Wild Meadows 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $11 81 points 
The aromas of blueberry, milk chocolate and tire rubber are pleasant enough but the palate distracts with sweet, lightly spritzy blue fruit flavors backed by chalky tannins.

Woodward Canyon 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $52 92 points 
This wine is all Merlot coming from equal parts Weinbau and Woodward Canyon Estate vineyards. It charms with aromas of café au lait, cherry, spice and earth. The chocolate and cherry flavors are rich and full bodied with a firm handshake of tannins. It’s drinking young now, with the oak up front. Give it plenty of time to open up.

Woodward Canyon 2013 Estate Chardonnay Walla Walla Valley $66 91 points 
This wine comes from some of the oldest vines in the valley, planted in 1977. Aromas of pear, hay and hazelnut lead to stone-fruit and butterscotch flavors that are light and elegant in style with a very pretty sense of balance.

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